CAPD Staff

Career Advising & Professional Development Staff 

Deborah Liverman

Deborah Liverman

Executive Director, Career Advising & Professional Development, Career Services 

Deborah sets the strategic direction for Career Advising and Professional Development by working with groups, departments, employers, graduate and professional programs, fellowship programs, to provide opportunities centered on career development and success for MIT students, postdoc scholars, and recent alumni. She leads and oversees Career Services, Distinguished Fellowships, Prehealth Advising, and Professional Development. Deborah manages the office’s data on first destinations of MIT graduates as well as other surveys. She holds PhD in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Massachusetts; MEd in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina; BA in Sociology from Davidson College. Experience includes over 20 years in higher education, mainly in career services.

Tamara Menghi

Tamara Menghi

Senior Associate Director, Career Services and Operations

Tamara leads multiple function areas in career services including employer relations, first year programs, internships, career fairs, and operations. She advises students at all levels but has a particular focus on assisting students with their job search decision making, negotiating, and engaging with employers. Tamara has a MS in Counseling with a concentration in Student Development in Higher Education from Central Connecticut State University, and a BS in Family Studies from the University of Connecticut. Her career path in Higher Education includes career counseling, employer relations, preprofessional advising, first year advising, and residential life. 

Josh Nagle

Josh Nagle

IT Project Coordinator

Josh provides technology support to Career Advising & Professional Development  projects. He formerly worked at Boston Beer Company.

Nyasha Toyloy

Nyasha Toyloy

Events Assistant

Nyasha assists with event logistics and marketing. She also manages WCAPD, an imaginary office-wide radio station. She is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science.

Lydia Huth

Lydia Huth

Communications Specialist

Lydia provides communications support for both Career Advising & Professional Development and the Office of Graduate Education. She holds a BA in Graphic Design & English from Campbell University, and her experience includes four years in communications for nonprofits and live entertainment as well as seven years teaching literature and creative writing.


Career Advising

Meredith Pepin

Meredith Pepin

Associate Director, Career Counseling and Education

Liaison to Course 2
Meredith counsels undergraduates through Phd level students in all areas and is the liaison to the Mechanical Engineering Department. Meredith holds a MEd in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University and a BA from Stonehill College. Her experience includes over 10 years in Higher Education, with a primary emphasis on career counseling.

Simona Rosue

Simona Rosu, Ph.D.

Senior Assistant Director of Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development

Simona provides career and professional development guidance for postdoctoral scholars across all disciplines and career interests (academia, industry and beyond). Simona has a PhD in Genetics from Stanford University, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. She has conducted research in the areas of molecular, cell, and developmental biology, and has been involved in a variety of teaching, mentoring, outreach and service activities. In her previous role before joining MIT, she provided career and professional development services to graduate students and postdocs.

Libby Doucet

Libby Doucet

Assistant Director of Career Counseling and Training

Liaison to Courses 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 18 and Returning Students

Libby provides career counseling and guidance for students in the School of Science, students returning to MIT, and undeclared sophomores. Libby has a MA in Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Belmont University. Her previous experience includes career and mental health counseling in university settings, and public relations for a large book publisher.

Erik Pavesic

Assistant Director, First Year Engagement

Liaison to Courses 15, 16, 17, 21A-M, 24, First-Year Undergraduates & CRE

Erik counsels first year undergraduates, and students in HASS, Sloan, and Aero-Astro. Erik holds a MS in Organization Psychology from the University of Hartford and a BA from Northeastern Illinois University. His experience includes 8 years in higher education, specifically career development and registrar, with additional experience in advertising and employee assistance programming.

Ariel Ackermann

Ariel Ackermann

Prehealth & Career Advisor

Liaison to Courses 20 & 21W

Ariel advises students in developing and implementing their educational and career plans, specifically liaising with Biological Engineering and Comparative Media Studies. Ariel's background includes extensive international experience in higher education and NGOs in the US and abroad, having lived in 6 countries over the course of ten years. She has a BA in Culture & Communication from Ithaca College and a Master’s gree in Intercultural Theology from Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, Germany.

Tavi Sookhoo

Tavi Sookhoo

Assistant Director of Career Prototyping

Liaison to Courses 3, 4, 10, 11 & MAS 

Tavi provides career guidance to students studying Architecture, Urban Studies & Planning, Chemical Engineering, and Materials Science and those within the Media Arts and Science (MAS) Program. She helps MIT students explore careers through internships, micro-internships, and other experiential learning opportunities.  Tavi earned a Master of Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Social Work from New York University. Tavi helps individuals translate their skills, interests and values to fulfilling careers.

Tianna Ransom

Tianna Ransom

Assistant Director of Career Exploration

Liaison to Courses 6, 22, Graduate School Advising, Pre-Law Advising 

Tianna provides career advising for undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni. She also leads career exploration initiatives to help students explore careers that align with their skills, interests, and values. Tianna has a Master of Social Work (MSW) with a concentration in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University and a BA in Sociology and Hispanic Studies from Boston College. Previous experience includes work with mentoring and community-based organizations.

 


Employer Relations

Francis Borrego

Francis Borrego

Senior Assistant Director, Employer Relations 

Liaison to Course 1
Francis manages employer relations programs and staff in order to enhance employer engagement and foster opportunities for students to engage with employers and advance their career and professional development. He has a MS in Student Affairs Administration and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in marketing from Binghamton University and a BA in Management from Hartwick College. Previous experiences include 12 years in Higher Education focusing on career services, marketing and communications. Francis also has 10 years of professional experience as a sales and marketing specialist in the high-tech manufacturing industry and a market research specialist in the utility and shopping mall management industries.

Brian Hanna

Brian Hanna

Employer Relations Coordinator

Brian supports on-campus recruiting, employer relations programs, and consults with employers to develop effective and efficient recruiting strategies. He assists many projects of the Employer Relations team as well as provides Handshake system administration. Brian received his BA in Communication and Culture from Clark University where he also advised students, managed employer relationships, and organized on-campus recruiting as the Associate Director of Career Development.

Jordan Siegel

Jordan Siegel

Recruiting and Marketing Assistant

Jordan coordinates on-campus recruiting, consults with employers’ contacts to develop strategies for effective recruiting, provides marketing and graphic design solutions to staff and employers, and advises students, staff and employers on MIT's career management system. Experience includes over 15 years in higher education, mainly in employer relations and recruiting.

David Kovacs

David Kovacs

Assistant Director for Career Fairs

David partners with student organizations and students interested in creating recruiting events, programs, and career fairs to connect with employers and organizations, providing guidance, information, and resources. He has over 10 years of experience coordinating and implementing career events and fairs, and has previously worked for Simmons University, Liberty Mutual, and Medtronic. He also has extensive experience in survey design and implementation, purchasing and expense management, and student employee supervision. He holds a MEd in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University, and a BA in Psychology from Boston University.


Prehealth Advising

Aleshia Carlsen-Bryan

Aleshia Carlsen-Bryan

Associate Director, Prehealth Advising

Aleshia leads the Prehealth team. She holds a MA in School Counseling from Assumption College and a BA in Biology from Colby-Sawyer College. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Health Professions at Simmons College. Aleshia has worked in student advising at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Akunna Rosser

Akunna Rosser

Assistant Director, Prehealth Advising

Akunna assists in leading the Prehealth Advising team, with a primary focus on managing the Prehealth Advising services to MIT students and alumni. He holds a MEd in Educational Administration from UMass Boston and a BA in English from Clark University. Akunna’s experience includes higher education advising and career counseling, along with prior experience advising high school students and teaching.

Ariel Ackermann

Ariel Ackermann

Prehealth & Career Advisor

Ariel works with students and alums interested in applying to medical, dental, and other health-related professional schools. She also advise students from across MIT to develop and implement their educational and career plans. Ariel's background includes extensive international experience in higher education and NGOs in the US and abroad, having lived in 6 countries over the course of ten years. She has a BA in Culture & Communication from Ithaca College and a Master’s degree in Intercultural Theology from Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, Germany.

Julia Mongo

Julia Mongo

Staff Writer and Advisor

Julia works closely with Prehealth Advising and with the Distinguished Fellowship team at UAAP on writing, editing, and reviewing material for the fellowships and health professional schools application processes. She also oversees the Fulbright Scholarship Program. Julia has an MS in Health Policy & Management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA in Sociology from Harvard University. She is an active member of the MIT radio station WMBR 88.1fm, where she founded the Africa Kabisa radio program and serves as World Music Director.

Amanda Pickett

Amanda Pickett

Program Assistant, Prehealth Advising

Amanda supports the medical school application process of MIT students and alumni. She holds an MA in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College and a BA in Sociology and German from the University of Connecticut. Amanda co-organizes a Cambridge community forum about interrogating gender norms and also works for a gender equity magazine. Previous experience includes working for a food justice non-profit in California and teaching English in South Korea.


Distinguished Fellowships

Kim Benard

Kimberly Benard

Assistant Dean, Distinguished Fellowships

Kim oversees the Institute’s efforts for distinguished fellowships, including but not limited to the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Churchill, Gates Cambridge, Fulbright, Knight Hennessy, Schwarzman, and Truman. She also serves as the Secretary for Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a BA in writing at Loyola University—New Orleans, a MA in medieval studies at Fordham University, and undertook doctoral studies (ABD) in medieval travel literature. In 2014, she was selected for a Fulbright IEA to Japan, and that same year completed MIT’s Leader to Leader Program.


Professional Development

Amanda Cornwall

Amanda Cornwall

Associate Director, Graduate Student Professional Development

Amanda coordinates professional development programming for graduate students. She believes that graduate education can and should be student-centered and works to help graduate students thrive. Her career in higher education has focused on supporting PhD students in their professional development and career readiness. Amanda has a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Oregon, an MA in writing and publishing from Emerson College, and a BA in English from Willamette University.